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Advice on eliptical trainers

Discussion in 'Strength & Conditioning' started by Lesh, Oct 25, 2004.

  1. Lesh

    Lesh

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    I have been working out about 1 hour per day on a treadmill for the last 5 months. I am down 50 pounds, and my blood pressure and cholesterol are way down. Yesterday I saw a "free to a good home" eliptical trainer down the street. It appeared to be in good shape, so I loaded it up and took it home. This morning, in about 15 minutes, it kicked my butt. I was totally exhausted. Any advice on the correct usage of one of these machines would be appreciated.
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  2. mossy500camo

    mossy500camo ammo found

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    I have one of these things. They will kill you. I remember when I first tried mine out 5 mins nearly killed me. I have never in my life would have thought that I was that bad out of shape. I ride bikes now and use the eliptical on rainy days. Lord I pray for SUN SHINE.:)
     

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    What is a good one to buy? I need one a heavy duty modle for my size. Hopefully I won't go broke getting it.
     
  4. DonGlock26

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    I love the Lifefitness elliptical at the gym.;3

    I'd like to own my own someday.
     
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    I've had a Horizon Fitness model for years...love it. The price was reasonable and their customer service is very good ($500-600 IIRC). Tried the more expensive brands and these actually felt/worked better.

    Some advice...whatever brand you choose, make sure you get one with the "arm rowers." Big difference in intensity between one with and one without, IMO.
    Best.

    horizonfitness.com
     
  7. 45acp4me

    45acp4me Pissed puppet

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    I found the Pre Cor units to follow the flow of ones stride much better: http://www.precor.com/cpr_efx.php

    As for proper usage of an elliptical, it varies a bit person to person.

    First, don't crank the resistance way up at first keep it below the halfway mark. On a scale of 1 to 20 I usually train from 6 to 8, for me it's a good blend of cardio and strength.

    Second, vary the incline it's simulating if you can, this will work different muscle groups.

    Third, get a heart monitor and stay within your range for a cardio workout. Get to your desired range and stay there for at least 20 minutes.

    I like the elliptical much more than the bike or a treadmill. The bike is a walk in the park compared to the elliptical, it's like I'm not doing any work.

    Regards,
    Glen